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Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins waltzes off with a Brit

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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HE already has an Oscar to his name — now Anthony Hopkins has a classical Brit as well.

Or at least half of one as he shares his award with violinist André Rieu whose record, "And the Waltz goes on" has been named Classic FM's Album Of The Year at the Brit awards.

Silence Of The Lambs star Sir Antony wrote the title track of the album especially for Rieu.

He attended the ceremony with the musician.

Other nominees for the prestigious prize included Andrea Bocelli, Hayley Westenra and Russell Watson.

At the ceremony, which took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Rieu dedicated his award to Port Talbot-born Hopkins, saying: "He is the greatest actor we have now on this planet. Tony, thank you for this fantastic waltz and thank you for your friendship!"

Sir Anthony said of his track being included on The Waltz Goes On: "It's a dream come true for me. I'd always admired Andre. 'He's a superb musician, a terrific showman and a wonderful violinist."

For the Dutch maestro, it is his second Brit Award in a row.

Last year he won the award for his Album Moonlight Serenade.

So far 2012 has been a very successful year for the violinist. Rieu gave a record breaking series of 30 sold-out concerts in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He is nominated for a prestigious Mexican Luna award.

And with his first tour in Brazil Rieu reached the number one position in Pollstar's Box Office Chart of highest grossing tours in July, leaving behind artists like Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, Coldplay, Celine Dion, and Pearl Jam.

Sir Anthony is due to hit the big screen again later this year in Hitchcock, in which he plays the legendary film director during the making of Psycho.

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